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Everything You Need to Know About Marble Countertops

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Marble countertops add a distinct beauty and warmth to your Colorado Springs kitchen countertops. Whether contemporary or rustic, ultra-modern or country cottage, the creamy white stone with flowing veins is an economic alternative to quartz or granite countertops.

How is Marble Different?

Marble is a form of limestone (a metamorphic rock), while granite is an igneous rock that forms from molten magma. Marble has a greater porosity and a softer appearance than both quartz or granite. But rest assured, marble is just as heat resistant and scorch-proof as other stone surfaces. Quartz countertops in Colorado Springs are manufactured stone—a created pattern achieved by mixing natural quartz and granite.

Marble Finishes

Marble is available in either a polished or honed finish. For a traditional marble appearance, the polished finish has an impressive shine that gives it a luxurious look and feel. To maintain the classy, high-end look of polished marble, the surface should be periodically re-polished. Expect a cool touch to this finish. Honed marble features a smooth matte finish and is less likely to scratch. For a less formal and contemporary decor, honed marble is the best choice. Keep in mind, that a honed finish can be discolored when in contact with acidic liquids.

Protecting Your Marble Countertop

Polished, and especially honed marble will have open pores that should be professionally sealed upon installation. Afterwards, the homeowner can maintain the marble surface with a penetrating sealant to minimize staining. If your marble countertops stays darkened for a long period of time after being wet, it is time to be resealed.

If are making the choice between quartz, marble, or granite countertops in Colorado Springs, call or visit our Planet Granite showroom to discuss your kitchen countertop needs. We stock a wide variety of natural stones to suit any kitchen or bathroom remodel. We also stock a full line of natural stone cleaners and sealers to keep your new countertop in pristine condition.

Utilizing Gray Tones in Your Kitchen and Countertops

Written by Planet Granite, Inc. on . Posted in Interior Design

Planet Granite Kitchen

 

When selecting a color scheme for your home kitchen or bathroom countertops in Colorado Springs, you may wonder if the gray tones of granite might seem dreary. But actually, the opposite is true when it comes to the appearance of granite or even quartz as a countertop material. Lighter gray tones add a warmth and serenity to contemporary kitchens, while the darker gray tones will impart a sense of sophistication to a modern decor.

Using Gray Tones in Granite Countertops

Gray is a neutral color that can serve as a backdrop for a vibrant color scheme, or provide a blending effect for kitchens and bathrooms that boast muted tones. When gray hues are used appropriately, they can add a heightened sense of calm to an environment.

A wide range of gray tones exist in natural stones: charcoal gray, pewter gray, beige gray, and blue-gray are just a few. Here are a few ways to utilize gray tones in your kitchen and countertops:

  • Cherry or Mahogany Cabinetry – Avoid the dark-gray-toned stone and instead opt for a gray granite pattern that is light-colored with a good amount of marbling. Look for a granite pattern with flecks of burgundy to the red undertones will complement your cabinetry.
  • White Cabinets – For a dramatic kitchen or bath, matte black and gray countertops are perfect for a contemporary styling. The contrast will accentuate white cabinetry and make a bold statement. For less contrasts, opt for brown and beige granite patterns.
  • Warm Wood Cabinets – Woods such as pine, maple and oak will benefit from the peaceful tones of neutral gray patterns that are light gray in color. Honey-toned cabinets mated with light countertops will fill the area with warmth and serenity.

To find the perfect combination of gray tones and color for your next kitchen or bath renovation in Colorado Springs, contact Planet Granite to speak with one of our experienced design consultants today!

How to Pick a Sink to Match Your Countertops

Written by Planet Granite, Inc. on . Posted in Counter Tops

Kitchen Granite With Chairs

Remodeling your kitchen is a great way to update the look of your home, as well as increase the home’s value. During the process, you will need to choose countertops, cabinets, flooring, paint and fixtures. Once you have decided on the countertops to form the base of your kitchen, you will also need to select a sink that will best compliment them. When choosing a sink, it is essential to give consideration to the following:

Installation Type

An essential step in choosing your sink will be identifying the sink installation that will best complement your new countertops. While top-mounted sinks were considered the norm for older, traditional, laminate countertops, under-mount sinks are one of the best choices to complete the stone finish and thickness that you will have when installing with countertops such as granite.

Material

They are a variety of sink types and finishes you can choose from to match your countertops and create the finishing touch for your kitchen. Some of the most common materials you will be able to choose from are:

  • Stainless Steel
  • Composite Granite
  • Enameled Cast Iron
  • Bronze or Copper

When deciding on the sink material, you will want to consider the durability you will need as well as the finish that will best aesthetically compliment your new countertops.

Size and Bowl Configuration

You will want to determine whether you will best benefit from a single bowl or double bowl sink. If choosing a double sink, you will need to decide if you want two full sinks or a large sink and a disposal unit. You will also need to choose the correct size leaving enough depth for the faucet and dimensions of the space.

If you would like more information on choosing the correct sink for your kitchen or are looking to upgrade your kitchen countertops in Colorado Springs, contact Planet Granite today to schedule your consultation.

A Quick Guide to Carrara Marble Countertops

Written by Planet Granite, Inc. on . Posted in Counter Tops

carrara marble countertops

Choosing Carrara marble for your home will undoubtedly give it a look of quality and luxury, but there are a few things to know about marble before designing your perfect kitchen. Use this guide to help you decide whether or not Carrara material is the right choice for your countertops.

Decor Considerations

When you picture marble, you probably picture a white or off-white stone. However, marble can come in a variety of shades to match your decor. People normally choose the lighter shades because if the countertop is damaged, it won’t show as prominently as darker marble will. When you choose the slabs of marble, pay attention to the veining of each block. It’s almost like putting together a puzzle where you’re matching up the markings to ensure continuity. You can also choose to finish the stone in a number of different styles and textures. Most people prefer a polished finish, even though a polished marble can make it easier to see stains.

Long-Term Care

The composition of Carrara marble makes it a natural enemy of acids. The carbonate in the marble can be eaten away by anything from lemon juice to vinegar, and the chemical reaction will leave its mark on the countertop. This means that taking care of spills quickly is imperative to lasting marble, which can be difficult if you have young children or a hectic lifestyle. Because of its porous nature, marble should be sealed anywhere from two to four times a year. Sealed marble will cause water droplets to bead up on the surface while unsealed countertops will absorb the water. Regular sealing will fight against stains and should extend the life of your countertops.

If you’re looking for Carrara marble countertops in Colorado Springs, call Planet Granite for a free in-home consultation. We can help you pick out marble that both complements your kitchen and meets your expectations for long-term care!

Marble Countertop Color Schemes That will Jazz Up Your Home

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Planet Granite Bathroom

 

Today’s marble countertops enjoy diverse color schemes that can accent any room in your home. If you are planning a kitchen or bathroom upgrade, marble countertops they can also lay a foundation for a complete or partial remodel. These hard surface countertops can give the family chef a convenient heat-resistant surface. When used in bathrooms, they provide easy-to-clean surfaces for everyone. That’s why many Colorado Springs home remodeling projects are trending toward marble, quartz and granite countertops and these are some color scheme ideas that may prove helpful.

Tan Kitchen Countertops Invite Warmth

Kitchens are generally the room that enjoys the most traffic. People cook their meals in the kitchen and family and friends tend to congregate over breakfast, coffee and just good conversation. Earthy mocha, friendly peach and yellow-golds can increase a space’s natural warmth when coupled with tan marble, granite or quartz countertops. It’s all about creating and inviting feel.

Gray and Black Marble Countertops Exude Bathroom Luxury

Homeowners planning a bathroom remodel often want more than just a place to shower. Gray and black countertops are a good direction to take if you want to change the aesthetic to luxury. Softs grays and antique whites can change the vibe from a utilitarian to a place to pamper yourself a little. Strong contrasts with accents that might include red or deep burgundy also work wonders.

Green Marble Countertop Options

There’s some misconception about greens that they are bright and kitschy. In terms of marble countertops, that generally isn’t the case. Many of the options come with dark flecks embedded, and the black and green blends tend to appear more formal. While it’s true they are less neutral, the darker schemes and gray-green options make a space feel reserved. If you want to offset that formality, yellows and metallic accents are popular places to explore.

For more information about Colorado Springs home remodeling and countertop options, contact Planet Granite for a free in-home consultation.

3 Ways to Achieve Counter Space Freedom

Written by Planet Granite, Inc. on . Posted in Counter Tops

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Maximizing the openness of your counter space equals maximizing your enjoyment. After all, you invested into what you thought was enough lovely space to prep meals, create wonderful salads and throw together a sandwich on the run. Somehow, all that glorious space now seems overrun and a tad cramped. Here are three suggestions that may help you reinvigorate your countertops.

Microwave Relocation Plan

The single largest countertop occupier tends to be the microwave, so send it packing. That doesn’t mean you have to give it a one-way ticket out of town, but either find a spot where it no longer takes up high-traffic counter space or make a new plan. Elevating a microwave has provided dividends to many counter re-organizers. Also, moving it to a stationary table may be a good fix, depending on how often and what you use it for.

Shelf the Utensils

Many countertops have a utensil bin or crock of some type. It’s amazing how much space these items negate. This utensil holder can easily be put on a kitchen-handy shelf and brought down when needed. If you have enough drawer space, designating one solely for utensils can be very efficient.

Transform Your Wall Into a Countertop

If you want to free up your countertops, it’s important to embrace a philosophy that they are not a storage area. Many of the items that are making you feel confined and out of space can be fixed to a wall with some strategic planning. If you have a knife block, attach a magnetic knife holder to the wall. Shelves with hooks can help elevate teabag containers, pasta holders, cookie jars and allow you to hang homey ladles, colorful coffee mugs and other items. Walls are a countertop’s best friend.

If you would like more information about Colorado Springs home remodeling and countertop options, contact Planet Granite for a free consultation.

Surprising Benefits of Granite Countertops

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Granite countertops are an exquisite addition to kitchens and bathrooms.  While granite enhances the appearance of these high-traffic areas, that’s not even scratching the surface of what this durable, versatile material has to offer.  Consider these benefits of granite you may not have known about.

Granite Counters Are Always In Style

Because it comes in neutral hues and looks great by itself, granite can complement virtually any style you choose for your home.  It works well with any color combination.  If you remodel your kitchen or bath, you won’t have to replace the countertops.

Granite Is Durable

This sturdy material stands up well to wear and tear.  Unlike less durable surfaces, granite is virtually resistant to blemishes, scratches, and heat.  If you use your kitchen counters as a cutting board, the stone can dull a knife blade without being damaged by it.  You can take hot baking dishes from the oven and set them directly on the counter without scorching it.

Granite Is Stain-Resistant

Granite doesn’t absorb spills as easily as more porous surfaces, making it resistant to stains.  Light granite is less dense than the darker variety, so you may want to take that into consideration when weighing your options.  Both types, however, hold up well under frequent use.

Granite Requires Minimal Upkeep

Since they don’t absorb stains, these surfaces are incredibly easy to clean.  You can get the job done with a paper towel or wet rag.  If you prefer, you can use cleaning supplies or a sanitary wipe, but granite does not harbor bacteria.  It makes for hassle-free cleaning in kitchens and bathrooms, areas especially prone to germs.

Granite counters give you an optimal return on your investment.  Compatible with any interior design, they last a long time and improve the value of your home.  If you’re looking for granite or quartz countertops in Colorado Springs, contact us to schedule a free in-home consultation.

Tips on Keeping Your Granite Countertops Looking Great

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With an array of hues and a reputation of high-end resiliency, it is no wonder that granite countertops remain one of the most common choices for homeowners. However, having granite countertops does mean you have to know how to take care of them to keep them looking like new for the long term. Here are a few simple tips you should remember to keep your Colorado Springs, Colorado granite countertops looking great.

Use Only Granite-Friendly Cleaners for Your Countertop

When your granite countertops are installed, you will be given specific instructions about how to clean them. Make sure you follow these directions and avoid using harsh chemicals when you wipe down your countertops. Avoid cleaners that contain things like:

  • bleach
  • ammonia
  • citric acid
  • vinegar

Instead, use only mild soap and water or a cleaning product specifically designed for granite cleansing.

Incorporate Safe Habits in Your Kitchen to Avoid Damage

We all do things in the kitchen that could possibly cause damage to a granite countertop, even though the stone is known for its resilience and heat-resistance. For example, setting a hot pan directly on the granite surface is not recommended, to maintain the integrity of the stone.

Seal Your Granite Countertops as Needed to Protect Them

Your first line of defense against damage and discoloration with granite is the sealer that is applied after installation. However, with time, this sealer will wear away and will have to be reapplied. If you notice that moisture no longer beads up on the surface, it is time for a sealer application.

With a little extra care and changing a few bad habits, you can easily see your granite countertops last for many, many years. If you need help with the granite countertops in your Colorado Springs, Colorado home, contact Planet Granite for professional assistance and advice.

5 Tips for Fixing Minor Scratches on Your Granite Countertop

Written by Planet Granite, Inc. on . Posted in Counter Tops

granite counterSooner or later, something sharp or heavy leaves a scratch or pit on your Colorado Springs granite countertops. Should you fix the damage yourself or call in a pro? Here’s what to do:

Wash the Granite Countertop

But, you say, I do that all the time! This time, really give it a good cleaning with mild non-abrasive cleaner and water to remove grime and grease buildup. Be careful to not scrub too hard and enlarge the scratch!

Inspect the Clean Countertop

Once clean, you’ll be able to see just how deep and long the damage is. This should tell you by sight and touch whether this is a do-it-yourself job or if a pro’s help is needed. (Be honest!).

Try a Granite Repair Kit for Disguising Small Scratches

An acrylic repair kit is designed to fill in small pits or scratches with a clear acrylic patch. The scratches need to be deep enough for the acrylic to take hold – more shallow damage may respond better to a light buffing (see the next step below). A ‘scratch stick’ is also a good place to start as it won’t damage a polished surface but will make the scratch harder to see.

Light Sanding 

This may be an option if the scratch is too deep for surface disguise. Use the lightest grade sandpaper or steel wool to gently abrade the scratch, using linear motions. When the scratch has been sufficiently minimized, treat with rubbing compound and stone sealer.

Call in the Pros

The best idea is to not risk causing further damage to your granite countertops—get the job done right.

Planet Granite has been helping customers in the Colorado Springs, Colorado area with granite installation and maintenance since 1998. Preserve your granite’s beauty while saving time and money by contacting our experts now and keep your countertops looking their best!

Will Heat Damage Granite Countertops?

Written by Planet Granite, Inc. on . Posted in Granite

Kitchen Granite With ChairsOne of the reasons that people choose granite for their kitchen and bathroom countertops is that it both looks great and is extremely durable. Granite is made by forcing igneous rock to extremely high temperatures and then cooling it, so it is naturally heat-resistant. In fact, it would take temperatures in the range of 2210° to 2300° F to start melting granite. Comparatively, steel starts melting at 2498° F.

Prolonging the Life of Your Granite Counter Tops in Colorado Springs

Generally, pots and pans in the kitchen will never reach a high enough temperature to melt your Colorado Springs granite countertops. However, your granite is likely sealed to prevent discoloration and damage. While it is extremely unlikely that you will damage the granite itself with heat, exposure to high temperatures over time could take a toll on your sealant. Problems with the sealant may result in gradual discoloration or gouges on the surface of the material. It could even lead to unsightly black marks.

Granite will actually pull the heat away from hot items. This reaction causes dishes to cool faster when they are in contact with granite. Using a heat coaster or hot pad on your granite will not only help your food stay hot longer, but it will also keep your granite countertops looking great over time.

Some exposure to extreme temperature changes can damage granite. For example, when you use granite in outdoor kitchens, swinging temperatures could result in problems. Thankfully, the temperatures in Colorado Springs are often mild enough to avoid these types of problems entirely.

Repairing Long-Term Heat Damage

If your granite’s sealant appears to be discolored, you can still take steps to restore it without having to replace the slab entirely. You can rub restorative pastes or liquids into the counter, wipe them away, and the granite should look good as new.

Whether you are considering installing granite for the first time or you need help with a repair, our team at Planet Granite can help. Call 719-522-0748 today.

Planet Granite

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